June 17th, 2010
07:57 AM ET

U.S. officials meet with alleged hunter of Osama bin Laden

U.S. officials in Pakistan were allowed to meet Thursday with an American arrested while on a mission to hunt down Osama bin Laden, an embassy spokesman said.

U.S. officials withheld identification because no privacy act waiver had been signed. But Pakistani police and intelligence officials say the individual is Gary Faulkner, who was arrested in northern Pakistan on Sunday.

Faulkner, 50, was detained after he was stopped near the border with Afghanistan's Nuristan province, Pakistani police said. He was carrying a pistol, a sword, night-vision equipment and Christian books.

Faulkner told police that he had been looking for bin Laden since al Qaeda's September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington.

The U.S. State Department is offering a reward of up to $25 million in return for information leading to bin Laden's arrest.

The California-born independent contractor has lived in Colorado since 1968, according to his brother Scott Faulkner.

Gary Faulkner did not think the U.S. government was doing enough to bring bin Laden to justice, "and he felt that he was, as a Christian, not afraid - that he could boldly step out and that doors would be opened for him," Scott Faulkner said.

- CNN's Samson Desta contributed to this report.

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  1. warren smith

    if this man is the key to capture o b then work with hm

    June 17, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. krwiss

    would u pliz send me daily news on my email

    June 25, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. Denis

    Good job Faulkner but you didn't crossed the border, that's where the problem lies isn't it? So why don't you trade your pistol, swords to someone else to buy again your weapons, then start hunting. Anyway capturing him alive isn't as easy as eating birthday cake. You need at nearing perfection to do it yourself and I assure you whatever a single human do to capture him alive will end up in misery. I'm not discouraging but think again before doing your intention. Its not worth it. Live your life, that's the most important thing, as Christian, be good and don't do anything stupid. That's the rule.

    September 14, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |